Public Policy and Social Research Program

Public Policy and Social Research Program

Studying the underlying causes of modern-day phenomena disrupting peace, from every possible angle

The Public Policy and Social Research Program delves into field research in the social sciences including public policy. Relations with other fields are through an interdisciplinary approach. Our objective is to nurture future leaders for domestic and international organizations, with training in flexible problem-solving based on analytic and planning skills.

Message from the Director

CLA.ISHIO Yoshihito・石生義人film.jpgProgram Director
Prof. ISHIO,

Equipping students with practical skills to solve problem from a global perspective

ICU's master's program in Public Policy and Social Research offers five areas of concentration. This program provides depth in each area of concentration, as well as width in academic disciplines. Thus, students may concentrate on one area while taking diverse courses from other concentration areas. For example, if a student's area of concentration is Peace Studies, the student may take not only core courses in Peace Studies, but also germane courses in Politics and International Studies. This flexibility allows students to explore different perspectives and approaches in regard to research topics. In addition, the program allows students to take courses from ICU's other master's programs such as Education and Psychology.
Most courses in Public Policy and Social Research are taught in English. Faculty members represent diverse nationalities and academic disciplines. An overwhelming majority of the students in the master's program are international students. Thus, students and faculty members create a global environment in which to discuss different ideas. This program will help students acquire in-depth knowledge and research skills needed in their chosen fields in order to succeed both professionally and/or academically. Consider pursuing a master's program in Public Policy and Social Research at ICU.

Voice of Faculty


I am a cultural anthropologist. My main geographical area of interest is Vietnam, though I have broader interests in mainland Southeast Asia and the United States. My theoretical interests include medical anthropology, ecological anthropology, violence, and inequality.
Graduate school education is a time when students must acquire more in-depth knowledge in their chosen field while simultaneously conducting a major research project related to their own interests. I believe that in doing this students must take the initiative and learn to think and work independently. In training my students in the classroom and for their theses, my goal is therefore to develop their analytical skills so they can learn to ask the proper questions to conduct their research and to establish the proper framework so they can acquire the knowledge they need.
The greatest advantage of the ICU Graduate School of Arts and Sciences for students interested in such disciplines as sociology and anthropology is that it provides a unique setting for the acquisition of the knowledge and analytical skills needed to move on to a career in either academia, non-governmental organizations, or public service.

Voice of Student

Mr. AKIYAMA, Hajime
Public Policy and Social Research Program / Master's course student

I am researching on a shift of the ideas on the right to a nationality in international law. Ideas which regard nationality as a human right are observable in many international instruments, such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and I am interested in their shift. I employ not only disciplines of international law and human rights but also politics, and this method enables me to think about the shift of the state system. International law is my discipline, but I also want to employ a broad Peace Studies perspective in my research. I am sure that this attitude will make my research to be meaningful for many academic disciplines.